PNP Chief Dela Rosa sacks police official caught using illegal drugs

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PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa has ordered the PNP internal affairs service to resolve the case of a police caught in a pot session in Las Piñas City Thursday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa was furious when he faced detained PSupt. Lito Dumandan Cabamongan at the Las Piñas police station.

Cabamongan was arrested around 5:30 in the morning after being caught in a pot session inside a shanty house at Barangay Talon 4 in Las Piñas City.

A barangay officer said, a concerned citizen gave him a call about the alleged pot session.

“Sabi nila shabu tapos iyong mga sachet nasa table,  parang kakatapos lang nila.  Iyong nasa plastic residue nalang iyon (They said those were sachets of shabu on the table. It appeared that they had just finished [doing drugs] and those are just residue inside the plastic) ,” said barangay kagawad, Rolly Coang-ong.

Nedy Acompanado Sabdao, who was arrested with Cabamongan, confirmed that the arrested police was doing drugs. “I invited him, we bought 200,” he said.

Cabamongan’s wife denies that her husband is into drugs, “Hindi ako naniniwala kasi hindi iyan nagsashabu (I don’t believe it because he is not using shabu).”

Cabamongan explained that he was doing undercover work when the police arrested him.

“Kasi nga kukuha ako ng ebidensya para mapatunayan ko na iyong intelligence officer ng crime lab nagbebenta ng shabu kasi binabagsakan niya diyan e…  PCI Joselito Zabares , intel officer ng crime lab (I was getting evidence to prove that an intelligence officer of the crime lab is selling shabu… PCI Joselito Zabares, intel officer of the crime lab), PSupt. Lito Dumandan said.

In a statement, PNP Crime Laboratory chief Aurelio Trampe said Cabamongan might be acting in retaliation as Zavare is the intel officer who is validating derogatory information against him.

Trampe also denied giving orders to Cabamongan to conduct an undercover operation and said the crime laboratory unit is not engaging in cases of illegal drugs.

Gen. Dela Rosa also said Cabamongan’s version of the story is not possible as he is in floating status after forcing his way in a movie house without a ticket.

“Magdusa siya,  bakit siya gumawa ng ganoon,  nagdusa nga iyong iba,  siya pa kaya na pulis,  dapat doble ang pagdudusa niya kasi pulis siya eh,  gumawa ng krimen (Let him suffer, why did he do that? Others suffered, all the more he should because he is a police for doing that crime),” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa instructed the PNP Internal Affairs Service to hasten its investigation so that proper charges can be filed, and dismissal can be ordered against him.  – Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

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